Professor Yuehan Hu

Professor of Urban History

Contact detailsProf. Yuehan Hu

Personal details

I graduated from Hubei University of Arts and Science in 2001. From 2005 to 2012, I studied as an undergraduate in Central China Normal University, and was awarded my PhD by the East China Normal University. In this period, I had been studying in University of British Columbia as an visiting student for one year. Since 2012, I have worked in Hangzhou Normal University as a full-time teacher.

My research has focused mainly on the issue of modern Chinese urban labour organisation and the daily life of intellectuals. I am very interested in using social science theory to conduct comparative studies of modern and contemporary Chinese history and global history.

In 2018,I published my first academic book Logic of Life: Intellectuals in the Daily Urban World of the Republic of China in China. This book take Bourdieu's field theory as analytical perspective, mainly studies the intellectuals in Shanghai and Beijing from 1927 to 1937. It investigates the stratum position of intellectuals, and develops discourse resources to construct identity and legitimacy in different dimensions of daily life, such as diet, communication, leisure and clothing. The process of competition for these resources not only contributes to the differentiation within the knowledge group, but also generates the class consciousness and collective action of the knowledge group as a whole.

My second academic book is about Republican Labour Union. In this book, I use corporatism theory to research Labour Union and government’s relationship in the period of Kuomintang regime. It will be published next year. My research articles have been published in sociological studies, Journal of Modern Chinese History, open times and other professional academic journals in recent years.

In my spare time, football, running and skiing are my favourite sports.


Academic books:

  1. Logic of Life: Intellectuals in the Daily Urban World of the Republic of China, Social Sciences Academic Press (China), Beijing, 2018

Research Articles:

  1. Represent the Interests and Social Integration ——Under Corporatism Group Principle Angle of View Wuhan Labour Union (1945--1949), Sociological Studies.Vol.25, 2010, p177-210.
  2. Geopolitical Factors, Interests and Network: Factory Relocation in the Late Stage of the Third Front Construction, Sociological Studies.Vol.28, 2013, p46-72.
  3. Struggle for the Right to Work: Hankou Dockworker’s Disputes in Post-War, Republican Archives(Quarterly), No.3, 2018,p124-137.
  4. Market, Trade Union and Reconstruction of Industrial Order(1945-1949):Analysis Based on Dispute Cases in the Porter Industry of Hangzhou, Open Times, 4th Issue,2018,p90-113.
  5. Private Space and the Building of Spiritual Life of the Intellectual Group in Shanghai(1927-1937),Journal of Modern Chinese History,Vol,13,2015,p208-227.
  6. Post-war’s Hangzhou Trade Union and Urban Social Integration(1945-1949):Take the Four Directors Dismissal as Cases, Urban History Research, Vol,36, 2017,p33-53.
  7. Public Space and the Spiritual Life Construction of the Republican Shanghai’s intellectual groups(1927-1937), Urban History Research, Vol,34, 2016,p154-183.
  8. Friends, Colleagues and Family Members: Family Life and Social Network Construction, Open Times, 11th Issue,2012,p32-54.
  9. People’s Appeals and Government’s Response: Administrative Boundary Adjustment of County and Township in Zhejiang Province during 1950s, Economic and Social History Review,No.3,Aug, 2017,p110-121.
  10. Bottom Politics and Revolutionary Elites:From the Perspective of Resource Mobilization Theory, Twenty-First Century Bimonthly, No,132, Aug,2012,p101-110.
  11. A Study on the Development Model of New Urbanization under the Government’s Leadership:TakeYaozhuang Town and Wangjiangjing Town of Jiaxing City, Zhejiang Province as an Example, China Ancient City,12th,2018,p46-53.
  12. Skill Anomie: Understanding the Problem of Variation in the Formation of Skillsm, Vocational Education Research,9th,2018,p5-9.
  13. Cross-overlapping of Authoritarian Rule and Modernization Orientation: Discussions on the Post-War Reform of Wuhan Trade Unions, Journal of Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Vol.11,No4,Aug,2009,p60-65.
  14. Balance Loosing: Government, Worker and Labor Union in Meeting Affairs Disputes, Wuhan Region(1945-1949) as an Example, Journal of Sichuan Normal University, Vol.38,No.6,Nov,2011,p144-150.
  15. Urban Imagination in National State’s Discourse: The “Civilized” Shanghai and “Cultural” Beijing in Modern China, Journal of Hefei Normal University,Vol.30,No.5, Sep.2012, p12-18.

Book Reviews:

  1. Capital Construction and Nation State Building: A Review on Charles D.Musgrove, China’s Contested Capital: Architecture, Ritual, and Response in Nanjing, Twenty-First Century Bimonthly, No,169, Oct,2018,p148-160.
  2. Body, Vision and National Imagination: The Daily Micro-representation of “Condensed Modernity”, Open Times, 10th Issue,2009,p154-159.
  3. Madeleine Yue Dong and Her Republican Beijing: The City and Its Histories, Historiography Quarterly, No.1, 2011,p143-149.
  4. Reflections on the Study of “Educated Youth” and Michel Bonnin,The Lost Generation: The Rustification of Chinese Youth(1968-1980), Twenty-First Century Bimonthly, No,153, Feb,2016,p110-128.
  5. Courtesans, Literati, and Entertainment Culture in Late Qing Shanghai: A Review on Catherine Yeh, Shanghai Love: Courtesans, Intellectuals, and Entertainment Culture,1850-1910, Twenty-First Century Bimonthly, No,139, Oct,2013,p124-131.

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